The Lagos State Government has directed public officers from Grade levels 1 to 12 to stay at home for the next 14 days over coronavirus.
This order was given on Sunday, March 22, during Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu‘s live statewide broadcast as part of precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in the state.
“I’m now hereby directing that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12 which constitutes about 70% of our entire public workforce should stay at home from Monday 23rd March 2020 for 14 days at the first instance. We will review this as time goes on,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“Members of the public are advised to refrain from visiting any of our public offices and to transact such businesses as is possible that we can do this on the phone or online channels.”
However, he continued by saying, “This stay-at-home (order) does not affect any of our first responders, meaning the medical personal are still meant to be at their duty posts, the fire service, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LAWMA and other essential services are not affected by this directive”.
“In terms of proactive measure we are taking to curb the spread of the disease, we have shut down all public and private schools and institutions of higher learning and we have also instructed that we should not allow congregation gatherings of more than 50 people at any time”.
Sanwo-Olu thanked Lagosians who have so far complied with the directive, stating that it is in no way meant to deprive anyone of their freedom.
He advised Nigerians who have just returned from trips abroad to self-isolate for 14 days and also adhere to directives from health authorities.
This is coming after Lagos State confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 which now draws the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 30.
Three new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 22, 2020
2 cases are returning travellers and 1 is a contact of a confirmed case.
As at 05:28 pm on the 22nd of March, there are 30 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with no deaths. pic.twitter.com/UQVYdkE9Xk